Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/15/13
From Press Release
Hill School Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg has announced that former Ridley High and Delaware great David Mullen will join The Hill as the new head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach, beginning in the 2014 season.
Mullen will replace Erik Mortensen, who has been serving as the program’s interim head coach in 2013. Mullen, who currently is the associate director of admission and head boys’ lacrosse coach at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, N.Y., also will join The Hill’s admission office as an associate director of admission.
“We are ecstatic to have Dave Mullen join our faculty and assume leadership of our boys’ lacrosse program,” Eilberg said. “Coach Mullen has proven himself to be a great lacrosse coach. He cares deeply about his players, has a contagious passion for lacrosse, and possesses a vibrant network in the lacrosse community. Dave will bring all these strengths to his role as our new head boys’ varsity coach and will further the legacy and proud tradition of Hill lacrosse.”
Eilberg enthusiastically thanked Mortensen, a Hill English instructor, for his dedication as interim head coach.
“I’m very appreciative of Coach Mortensen’s selfless service in leading our boys’ lacrosse program through its transition,” Eilberg said. “Along with Coach Ned Ide and Coach Kacy Small, Erik has kept our program moving forward, and I am grateful that all three will remain integrally involved in assisting Coach Mullen in the program. Our lacrosse players are very fortunate to have such a talented, experienced, and caring coaching staff.”
Mullen is no stranger to Philadelphia-area lacrosse. He graduated in 1998 from Ridley where he developed an impressive playing resume. As the team’s starting goalkeeper for three seasons, Mullen backstopped the team to the State Championship in 1997 and ’98, earning All-State recognition during both his junior and senior seasons.
Mullen then went on to play collegiately at the Division I level for Delaware and was the team’s starting goalkeeper for three seasons. At the conclusion of his tenure in the Blue Hens’ cage, Mullen had earned two All-Conference selections; was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2001 as a junior; and was a team co-captain as a senior.
Unable to play during his fifth year at Delaware, Mullen decided to join the coaching ranks. His first coaching job presented no small task: He helped establish the boys’ lacrosse program at Caravel Academy, located in Bear, Del.
“That first season at Caravel was a great experience for me,” Mullen explained. “The kids were eager to learn, and the coaches were just as eager to get the program up and running. I knew I wanted to continue coaching after that season.”
He then spent a year in the corporate world before embarking on his prep school career. Mullen joined the admission office at the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J. in 2004-05, and spent three years working for the school’s admission staff. Mullen was the head JV boys’ lacrosse coach during his first two years at Pennington before joining the varsity team staff as an assistant during his final season there.
Mullen arrived at Millbrook in 2007-08. He has developed the Mustangs into one of New England’s premier boys’ lacrosse programs. After posting a 7-9 record during his first season at the helm, the team steadily improved each season, and in 2012 finished with a 15-4 record and was ranked eighth in New England and third in the Western New England region. As much as he has enjoyed his time at Millbrook, the opportunity to return to the Philadelphia area was one he could not pass up.
“It is a huge honor to be coming to The Hill School and taking over the lacrosse program,” he said. “I’ve known about The Hill’s lacrosse program since my high school playing days; they were in the final four of the State Tournament with us the one year. I’m excited to be taking over a program with such good kids and a great coaching staff. It’s also a nice chance to return to the area where I grew up and where my family still lives.”
Coach Mullen also is thrilled about the opportunity to continue the winning culture of Hill lacrosse.
“There are some very good lacrosse teams in the Philadelphia area and surrounding states, and I’m ready to lead The Hill to the upper echelon of teams in the region,” he said. “The program already has a good foundation, and my goal is to sustain a culture where the players expect to be the best.”